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Accepted name: arginine decarboxylase
Reaction: L-arginine = agmatine + CO2
For diagram of arginine catabolism, click here
Glossary: agmatine = (4-aminobutyl)guanidine
Other name(s): SpeA; L-arginine carboxy-lyase
Systematic name: L-arginine carboxy-lyase (agmatine-forming)
Comments: A pyridoxal-phosphate protein.
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, MetaCyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 9024-77-5
1.  Blethen, S.L., Boeker, E.A. and Snell, E.E. Arginine decarboxylase from Escherichia coli. I. Purification and specificity for substrates and coenzyme. J. Biol. Chem. 243 (1968) 1671–1677. [PMID: 4870599]
2.  Ramakrishna, S. and Adiga, P.R. Arginine decarboxylase from Lathyrus sativus seedlings. Purification and properties. Eur. J. Biochem. 59 (1975) 377–386. [DOI] [PMID: 1252]
3.  Taylor, E.S. and Gale, E.F. Studies on bacterial amino-acid decarboxylases. 6. Codecarboxylase content and action of inhibitors. Biochem. J. 39 (1945) 52–58. [PMID: 16747854]
[EC created 1961]

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